Interview Issue 2017 | Interviews | Media

In the Center of the Ring

CIRCUS Magazine founder Bianca Betancourt seeks “the trending and the undiscovered”

Lois Biggs

Bianca Betancourt, founder and editor-in-chief of CIRCUS Magazine, sits in the magazine’s 18th Street storefront. A neon CIRCUS logo casts her curls in electric blue light while Cherokee, her eight-year-old German Shepherd, greets passersby with howls.

Lit | Lit Issue 2017 | Poetry

In City Summers

Vida Cross’s poetry collection paints Bronzeville in rich texture

Vida Cross’s Bronzeville at Night: 1949 is full of spells—spells to protect children, spells to blind ignorant sociologists, spells to aid in grieving and remembrance. The poet, professor, and third-generation Chicagoan’s debut poetry collection is a web of stories that, like spells, are small in scope and broad in impact.